Writing Competitions

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Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

The Aurora Prize for Writing

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national competition, open to short story and poetry writers, until Monday 7th June 2021. Entry fee:  £9 for first entries, £7 for additional entries Prizes in each category: 1st Prize – £500, feedback from a matched literary agent and membership to Society of Authors. 2nd Prize – £150 […]

Well’s Festival of Literature 2021

Well’s Festival of Literature is a festival that welcomes literature from all over the world. There are four different categories of competition to enter, all with a closing date of 30th June 2021. Open Poetry  Any subject. 35 lines max. Entry fee: £6  Prizes – 1st: £1,000              2nd: £500              3rd: £250 Short Story Any subject. […]

The Author of Tomorrow

The Author of Tomorrow is a free annual competition open internationally to young people and children, aged 21 years and under. It’s designed to find the adventure writers of the future. Send in your short piece of adventure writing in English. Prizes offered in 3 age categories: 11 and under | 500 words | Prize: […]

Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition 2021

The Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition 2021 is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Deadline: 31st July 2021. Maximum word count: 5000 All genres apart from Children’s and Young Adult fiction are accepted. Entries must be in English. 1st prize: £500 and an appraisal Entry fee: £15 early bird (until May 15th)                    £18 standard […]

The City Academy Short Story Competition 2021

The City Academy Short Story Competition 2021 is open to all adults until 25th May 2021. Short stories do not need to follow a specific theme or style, but must be written in English. The winner will receive a £1000 cash prize, a £300 City Academy course voucher and their creative submission published. Entry fee: […]

Poet of the Year Competition 2021

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2021 is open internationally to all adults aged 18 or over. Poetry can be written on any subject and in any style but must not exceed 60 lines. Entry fee: £5 per poem. 1st Prize: £200 2nd Prize: £100 3rd Prize: £50 Closing date: 11 June 2021 More […]

Closed: Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Writing Competition 2021

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation Writing Competition 2021 is open, internationally, to writers aged 16 and over. Entries must be short stories based on the theme of ‘connection’ and they must be written in English. Entry fee: Free. Word count: 1000-2000 words. Deadline: 11th April 2021 Prize: Worldwide Audiobook publication on Audible. Full details here.

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2021

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2021 is open to anyone aged 16 or over, for poetry on any subject and in any form or style. Entries must not exceed 40 lines. Closing date: 31 July 2021 1st prize: £1000 2nd prize: £500 3rd prize: £250 Entry fee: £5 Full details here.  

The Mairtin Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2021

The Mairtin Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2021 are open for poetry and short story writers, who were born in, are citizens of or are resident of Ireland and UK. Closing date: 2nd May 2021. Prizes:  The winners of each award will receive £1,000 and a 5-night stay at The River Mill Writing […]

Green Stories Writing Competition 2021 (TV/Radio Script)

The Green Stories Writing Competition 2021 (TV/Radio Script) is open to all script writers until 26th August 2021. Scripts can be written for any genre but must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies. It’s free to enter! The winner will receive a free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary […]

F(r)iction’s Spring 2021 Contest

F(r)iction’s Spring 2021 Contest is open to writers from all over the world. Short stories, flash fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction all welcome. Deadline: April 29, 2021. Word limits: Short Story – 1,001 – 7,500 words                     Flash Fiction – 1,000 words max.                     Poetry – three pages max. per poem                     Creative Nonfiction – 6,000 words max. […]

Word Periscope Flash 1500

The Word Periscope Flash 1500 is a short story competition, which is open internationally until May 15th 2021. The theme is ‘TIME’. First prize: £1500 Word count: 1500 +/- 10% Entry fee: £15 (includes critique for longlisted authors and any other work felt to be deserving of advice)  Full details here.

The Kipling Society’s John McGivering Poetry Competition

The Kipling Society’s John McGivering Poetry Competition is open until May 1st, 2021. Poetry should be based on travel, with inspiration drawn from Rudyard Kipling’s fascination with people and places. Poems must not exceed 35 lines. 1st prize: £350 2nd prize: £100 3rd prize: £50 Entry fee: £5 Full details here.

The Creative Future Writers’ Award 2021

The Creative Future Writers’ Award 2021 is open to underrepresented writers in the UK, until June 6th, 2021. This competition is free to enter. Poetry word limit: 42 lines. Fiction word limit: 2000 words. Two prizes will be given at each level – one for poetry and one for prose. All winners will also be […]

The Poetry London Prize 2021

The Poetry London Prize 2021 is a major international award for a single outstanding poem. Previous winners include many acclaimed poets, including Liz Berry, Niall Campbell, Richard Scott, Eleanor Penny, and Romalyn Ante. Poems must not exceed 80 lines and must be written in English. Deadline: 26 June, 2021 First prize: £5,000 Second prize: £2,000  […]

Closed: The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2021

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2021 is open internationally, to anyone aged 18 and over, until April 15, 2021. Writing can be in any form but must be written in English and adhere to the theme – Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilisation. Free entry. Word limit: 2500 words per entry. 1st prize: £10,000 2nd prize: […]

The Page Turner Awards 2021

The Page Turner Awards are open to all fiction and non-fiction writers until May 31st 2021. There are five different award categories and writers are able to submit one entry per category. Prize: Collective prize value of over £10,000 – prizes are all designed to help writers progress in their careers. Completed and uncompleted manuscripts […]

Write On Art UK

Write on Art is open to all UK students aged 15-18. Simply pick a piece of art featured on the website and write about it. It’s free to enter and entries are divided into two groups, based on year of study. Word count: Years 10/11 – 400 words max.             […]

Moth Short Story Prize 2021

The Moth Short Story Prize 2021 is open internationally to anyone over the age of 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. Judged by Ali Smith. Short stories must not exceed 5,000 words. Entry fee: €15 per story. Closing date: 30 June 2021. 1st prize: €3,000 2nd prize: week-long writing retreat […]

Closed: Poetry for Good 2021 Competition

The Poetry for Good is a free-to-enter, national poetry competition celebrating the UK’s key workers. Closing date: April 9th 2021. There are three categories for entries:  Growing Word – ages 11-15, written poems max. 250 words. Spoken Word – age 16+, spoken poems up to 3mins long. Written Word – age 16+, written poems up […]

Crabbe Poetry Competition 2021

The Crabbe Poetry Competition 2021 is open to anyone born, educated, working or resident in Suffolk. Also open to Suffolk Poetry Society Members. Closing date: June 15, 2021 There is no theme, but poems should be written in English and must not exceed 50 lines. First Prize: £600 Second Prize: £300 Third Prize: £150 Plus, […]

The SmokeLong Grand Micro Competition

The SmokeLong Grand Micro Competition opens on March 1st and closes on May 16, 2021. Submit up to 400 words. Fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid narratives are considered. Entrants must be 18 or older. Prizes: $1500, $500, $300. Finalists will receive $100. The winners/finalists will be published in the June 2021 issue of SmokeLong Quarterly. Entry […]

Grindstone Literary Competitions

International Novel Prize Prize for finished or part-finished novels aimed at YA audiences or older, of any genre, judged by a literary agent. Deadlines: 1st April 2021 (Super Early Bird) / 1st July 2021 (Early Bird) / 1st October 2021 (Final Deadline) Entry Fees: £16 (SEB) / 18 (EB) / 20 (FD) (+£8.00 Optional Feedback […]

2021 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize is open until May 5, 2021. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize is £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. 20 stories will be […]

Saki Short Story Competition

The Saki Short Story Competition is open until June 30, 2021. Entry Fee: £5 or £12 for three stories 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100. Maximum word count: 3000 words The stories do not have to be in the style of Saki, or about Manning’s Pit, the countryside that he loved as […]

Farnham Flash Fiction Competition 2021

The Farnham Flash Fiction Competition 2021 is open until June 4, 2021. The competition is part of the Farnham Fringe which is 30 days of art and performance in June in Farnham Surrey. Submit up to 500 words. Prizes: £75, £25, £25 and publication. Judge: Joanna Barnard Entry Fee: £5 More here.

#FlashFiction101

#FlashFiction101 is a monthly flash fiction competition. It’s free to enter. Deadline: midnight on the last day of every month. Each entry must be exactly 101 words. Prize: Set of Tortive Theatre’s Bard Cards. The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work. The winning entry […]

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly short story competition. The closing dates are: 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, 31st October. Open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Entry fees: £5 for the first, £3 for the second, £2 […]

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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